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The following is a letter I will be sending to my MP — Jim Prentice and, with modifications, to the other Parties.
As the Minister responsible for the initial formation of Bill C-61 and the Member of Parliament for the riding I live in I am writing to you to express again my distress at the onerous provisions C-61 represents. Legislation crafted by the lobbying efforts of people solely interested in representing the RIAA and MPAA is certainly not in the best interests of Canada and its citizens. In that regard, I commend the government in listening to the concerns of its citizens and initiating this series of consultations regarding copyright. As to the concerns I have in regards to Bill C-61 the following URL lists everything far more succinctly:
The government is doing the first thing on that list with this public consultation. Prof. Geist is a person I am sure you are very aware of. That persons such as Prof. Geist were not consulted in any meaningful way in the initial drafting of C-61 sadly speaks volumes as to how this government operates.
The government and society has to realise one important thing in regards to copyright. The digital age is a genie that has been let out of the bottle. Short of a cataclysmic destruction it will not be put back in. Industry's response is to say that copyright as a tool to protect creators' rights is seriously compromised. That is a complete load of crap. The law as it exists now is more than capable of dealing with copyright infringement. The fact that the digital age allows copying and physical replication to be far easier than it was before in no way changes creator's rights. That is a red herring put up by Industries that see their distribution models going the way of the buggy whip industry. Their response has been to lobby governments to basically make every aspect of the digital age to be a crime. The DMCA in the USA and Bill C-61 are classic examples of this mindset. These are not laws to protect creators' rights. These are laws to retain power and control. Make every citizen and organisation a criminal by legislating that which was legal, illegal. A strategy which is totally unnecessary. It is said that politics is a game of compromise. Sadly, the current government does not seem to believe that is an operative fact. I hope that at least in regard to Bill C-61 it will take that to heart and sincerely work out compromises that benefit all citizens of Canada and not just the industries that refuse to change in light of technological advancements.
August 7, 2009